Ulster retain their title at Junior Inter-Provincial Championships
This year's Junior All Ireland Championships took place at Killykeen Forest Park followed by the Inter-Provincial Team Championships next day.
The event provided the opportunity for young anglers to compete in a National Championships before progressing to senior level. A Novice category was also included with coached assistance designed to introduce newcomers to competitive fishing.
The top three in each section were awarded a selection of tackle prizes sponsored by Tubertini UK Ltd. They were also provided with a mixing bowl and feeder gift from Sensas Ireland along with complimentary caster and maggot from Irish Bait & Tackle Limited.
Ten-year-old Caolan Donnelly and 11-year-old Jack O'Brien from Lurgan CAC finished first and second in the Novice section with Caolan landing 1.65Kgs and Jack 1.35kgs. In a very close match, Nathan Trimble was third with 1.32kgs.
Eoin Rogers, a member of both the Carrickmacross and Lurgan clubs, triumphed in the Under 14 category with 3.8kgs with Charlie Richards second on 1.85kgs and Roisin Finchett third with 640gms.
The Under 18s saw Cillian Flynn win with 1.82kgs, closely followed by Stephan Patterson 1.56kgs and third was Jack Sutton with 720gms. Meanwhile, in the Under 23s, Jack Edwards banked 2.42kgs to land the title with Hayden Kellegher second on 1.26kgs and Stephen White third with 1.11kgs.
The Junior Inter-Provincial Championships then fished the same venues with Ulster winning the day and retaining their title. The match saw Ulster Team One members Stephan Patterson, Jordan Hall, Harry Whitehead, Conor Gaughan and Aaron Galbraith win two and come second in three sections achieving a score of just eight points.
Also, well done to the joint second teams Leinster and especially Connaght who fielded the youngest team and to Eoin Rogers and Harry Whitehead of Ulster for scoring the top weights of 9kgs and 6kgs respectively.
The NCFFI values the importance of introducing children and young people to angling and through a programme of coaching enables clubs countrywide to invest in their juniors.
Carrickmacross Angling and Junior Development Club runs a junior angling hub under the 'Angling for Youth Development Ireland' banner. The club has benefited from a range of tackle to allow them to coach their juniors and run an annual summer camp. With two of their members champions of their category and others scoring well this investment is obviously paying off.
Royal Enfield CAC runs a summer school on the Royal Canal and this can be seen in the number of anglers they are producing at this level with two Leinster teams in the Inter-Provincials.
Lurgan CAC has only recently reintroduced junior anglers to the club having benefited from a set of 10 whips from the NCFFI Junior Development fund. Already the benefit from this is showing with Caolan Donnelly and Jack O'Brien taking the top two places in the Novice category at their very first championships.
Lakelands Angling Ballinamore has recently introduced a junior programme and its representatives did well with Charlie Richards second in the Under 14 category. The club also provided two members for the joint second placed Connaght Provincial Team who tied with the County Leitrim juniors.
Despite cooler north winds and bright sunshine making it hard fishing at times there were still some good rises of fish at the Craigmore Fishery Randalstown.
Jonny McNeill bagged forty two trout during two sessions, Harry Moffat landed 21 to 5lbs plus on buzzers, Reggie Bell grassed a dozen to over 5lbs on lures and Philip Maine tempted 15 to 5lbs, also on lures.
Ian Gunning and Harry Murphy each landed 19 on black buzzers and black and green lures, Jason Kirk landed 21 to over 7lbs on dries and buzzers and Michael Jones bagged 26 on Griffiths Gnats, olive Shuttlecocks and black Shipmans.
David Moore and Steven Best both caught 11 to 4lb 8ozs, John Hughes bagged a dozen to 5lbs plus on nymphs and buzzers and Mark Goudy landed 10 to 4lb 8ozs on buzzer and bloodworm patterns.
Tommy Wharry grassed 13 on Damsels and Crunchers; James Harper banked 20 to over 7lbs on dries and Jim Magill landed 15 on olive and black dries.